World’s largest producer of dissolving wood pulp
Sappi Limited is a global leader in paper, paper pulp and dissolving wood pulp solutions, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa; and with over 12,000 employees. Sappi serves customers in over 150 countries worldwide with manufacturing operations on three continents across seven countries.
As the world’s largest producer of dissolving wood pulp, Sappi has chosen digital technology leader ABB to supply engineering, procurement and construction for the electrical, control and instrumentation portion of their project Vulindlela.
Project Vulindlela is an ambitious plan to increase mill production by approximately 14% while reducing the pulp mill’s environmental impact. Due for completion in the winter of 2020, the project includes the design, supply, installation and commissioning of all electrical and automation equipment at Sappi’s Saiccor Mill located in Umkomaas, South Africa.
On-time, on-budget delivery of automation solution
Based on the ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system (DCS), the automation solution is the first pulp and paper project to use the single channel, Ethernet-based Select IO, which enables the decoupling of project tasks. This can lead to a significant reduction in commissioning time and helps ensure on-time, on-budget project execution.
Additionally, the solution is complemented with software tools including Field Information Manager to help manage smart field devices and mobile workplaces that will give operators and production staff access to plant information from anywhere in the mill.
“A history of working successfully with ABB gave us full confidence in their ability to provide a complete solution that will help futureproof our operations,” said Wayne Weston, Vulindlela Project Director, Sappi. “As world leaders in dissolving wood pulp, we welcome this pioneering, integrated solution that will help us achieve our Project Vulindlela goals.”